How to Build a Chicken Coop

Posted by on December 11, 2017 11:33 am
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Building a basic chicken coop for a small flock of birds is a solid weekend project for the determined do-it-yourselfer with basic carpentry skills, while the more elaborate coops could easily take several weeks (and will require advanced carpentry skills).

The internet is awash in plans for backyard chicken coops, which are a great place to look for inspiration, but all coops have two main components: an enclosed space for sleeping and laying eggs and an open-air ‘chicken run’ to roam around in during the day. The enclosed space should open directly to the run, but should be elevated at least two feet above it so there is space to collect the droppings that fall through the floor. (More on that in a moment.) There are many possible ways to configure a coop, but here’s how to build a basic model that can easily be customized according to your aesthetic tastes.

One response to How to Build a Chicken Coop

  1. sweetpotato1959Anonamo Also December 12th, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    We are trying to plan for a coop by spring.
    Need further info on size coop for set number of layers and number for raising meat birds.. probably will start with 12-16 layers and like number of meat birds.. so will need 2 areas of shelter and 2 areas of run…
    Thinking to keep them separate, area of runs will all have to be enclosed and well secure from many who would like to dine.

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